Message from the President & Vice President of ASAD:
We couldn’t be prouder of Hawaii for paving the way to bring NAD to go with Department of Justice on exceeding the ADA requirement on open caption in the near future.
From the beginning, Darlene and I thought this bill must be crazy. That’s what NAD have been doing. We had to remind ourselves when you and I met. We urged you to see Hawaii as an opportunity to change some significant laws on deaf.
We have been told by many prominent Deaf leaders the passage of HB1272 will die because of DOJ. Darlene did not listen to them because of people like you who didn’t give up on issues to change our lives for better.
Yesterday, we sat down watching the Governor signing the bill. Before he signed the bill, he said Deaf community and We will work more on improving the community. Darlene had my tears coming out just like others. Goose bumps!
Don’t give up. Our hearts smiled because thousands of heart is smiling today. You make people’s heart smile too.
Colleen Cidade- ASAD President and
Darlene Ewan – ASAD Vice President
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, a nonprofit adoption agency with more than 24 years of experience in international adoption, is looking for a home for a 3 year old deaf boy. Junius is a sweet boy who is in good health. He was found abandoned behind an emergency center when he was 14 months old. Junius is described as cheerful, friendly, curious and strong-willed. He likes to help with chores, play outside, and to help other children. He loves to play with toy cars. We have a video of Junius that will melt your heart. Can you help Junius become all that he can be?
Married couples and single women, ages 30 – 55, are eligible to adopt Junius. One trip overseas is required to bring him home. Please contact me for more information.
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
OSERS Header Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education yesterday announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.
Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Among the shows: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Expedition Wild” and “Peg + Cat.”
Check out the U.S. Department of Education’s press release here!
Climbing the Avalanche: Deaf Learners of Color in the American Classroom by Laurene Simms
The Ticket to Work program is proud to announce a new video series in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos can help interested job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about the Ticket to Work program and the resources available to find and keep a job. If you or someone you care about receives Social Security disability benefits and wants to reach financial independence, Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work is a good place to start.
The video series will give job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing an in-depth understanding of how the Ticket to Work program works. Check out Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work in the Library section of www.choosework.net or on YouTube and learn about:
How the Ticket to Work program works
Who is eligible
What types of providers can help job-seekers
Which professionals can help job-seekers understand how work will affect their benefits
The types of job support services offered
How to find a Ticket to Work provider
The Ticket to Work program offers Social Security disability beneficiaries more choices in getting the support they need to find work and reach their career goals.
To learn how the program can help you, visit the redesigned website at www.choosework.net or contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
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Check out new blog by Chairman Wheeler: Direct Video Communication: Access for People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing & Speech Disabled in an IP World
Hospital Settles ADA Complaint By Hearing-Impaired Patient
Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune
March 25, 2015
A Hartford area hospital and the federal government have settled a dispute after a hearing-impaired patient reported that the hospital wasn’t providing the necessary services to ensure adequate communication between the patient and staff.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center has agreed to take steps toward improving communications for the deaf and hard of hearing. Additionally, the hospital has agreed to pay the patient $45,000.
The matter was initiated by a complaint filed with the U.S. Justice Department alleging violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the patient alleged that St. Francis failed to provide auxiliary aids and services necessary to ensure effective communication during multiple admissions to the hospital. Sign language was the main form of communication for the man.
Title III of the ADA prohibits places like hospitals from discriminating against people with disabilities. The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched an investigation, focusing on the hospital’s policies and procedures for ensuring effective communication for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Specifically, federal officials wanted to determine whether the hospital was compliant with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. At the conclusion of the investigation, federal officials told the hospital theyhad concerns about whether there were adequate policies and procedures to ensure communication with deaf or hard of hearing individuals.
Francis agreed to revise its policies and procedures as necessary and its training of staff.
“We have undertaken measures to ensure that we are fully prepared to provide these [hearing impaired] patients with the resources they need in our delivery of quality care,” said St. Francis spokeswoman Fiona Phelan.
Phelan said mandatory training for all staff, a centralized system for recording requests for interpretation services, and new workplace signage are among the protocols now in place to meet ADA-compliance standards. Sign-language and interpreter assistance are also being provided.
“We appreciate the support of the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services in reaching a voluntary resolution agreement, which will guide us in these remedial compliance measures to directly benefit the care of our patients and their families,” said Phelan.
According to the settlement terms, auxiliary aids and services includes such things as qualified interpreters on-site or available through remote video; note-takers; computer-assisted real time transcription services; written materials; exchange of written notes; telephone handset amplifiers; assistive listening devices and systems; telephone compatible hearing aids; closed caption decoders; open and closed captioning, including real-time captioning; voice, text and video-based telecommunication products and systems, including text telephones, videophones and captioned telephones.
St. Francis also agreed to pay the patient $45,000 in compensatory relief.
The agreement is effective for three years, during which time both the Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut will monitor St. Francis’ compliance. In Connecticut, the matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brenda Green.
National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers shared Teaching Interpreting Media (TIM) video.